Metropolitan Opera Music Director Emeritus James Levine, who served as the Met’s music director for 40 years from 1976 to 2016, will return to the podium in late November and early December to conduct four performances of Verdi’s Requiem, the first Met performances of that masterwork since 2008.
An international roster of guest soloists will join the Met orchestra and chorus for the performances on November 24, 27, and 29; plus December 2 matinee: Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Since it was first performed at the Met in 1901, Verdi’s Requiem has been presented by the company 49 times, 13 of them conducted by Maestro Levine. The last time as many as four performances were given at the Met within a single season was in 1909, conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
The company performs at the Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City. Tickets cost $25–$360, and can be ordered by clicking here, or by calling (212) 362-6000. Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of Verdi’s Requiem are available on a first-come, first-served basis here.